MN 027 Cūḷahatthipadopama: Shorter Discourse on Simile of Elephant's Footprint

"They hear, 'Gotamā the contemplative is visiting that village or town.' They go to him, and he instructs, urges, rouses, & encourages them with a talk on Dhamma. Having been instructed, urged, roused, & encouraged by him with a talk on Dhamma, they don't even ask him their question, so since when could they refute him? As it turns out, they ask him for the opportunity to go forth from the home life into homelessness. He gives them the Going-forth. Having gone forth there — dwelling alone, secluded, heedful, ardent, & resolute — they in no long time reach & remain in the supreme goal of the holy life, for which clansmen rightly go forth from home into homelessness, knowing & realizing it for themselves in the here & now. They say, 'How near we were to being lost! How near we were to being lost! Before, though we weren't contemplatives, we claimed to be contemplatives. Though we weren't brahmans, we claimed to be brahmans. Though we weren't arahants, we claimed to be arahants. But now we are contemplatives, now we are brahmans, now we are arahants.'  (excerpt translated by Thanissaro)


MN 027 Cūḷahatthipadopama: The Shorter Elephant Footprint Simile
Translator Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Read by frank_k, 40m 41s, 37.2 MB Download
recorded on 2012-02 licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0 , sutta text (c) 2005 Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Enhanced version on 101.8 MB FLAC

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